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Definition to try to change someone's core beliefs — especially religious faith or political beliefs
  • Chaplains were instructed to make clear to soldiers that they should not proselytize Christianity to Muslims.
  • Western nations that proselytize about democratic values
  • I wasn't looking to proselytize any viewpoints. I was just looking to do stories in ways I thought were meaningful.
    Brit Hume  --  Time, 2008, "Brit Hume Looks Back"  --,8599,1855820,00.html (retrieved 01/10/10)
  • She was a much more persistent proselytizer than any prisoner I had known in Danbury.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • They don't proselytize; they don't stand in pulpits or on party platforms and tell us to fight for Peace or for God or whatever it is.
    John Le Carre  --  The Spy Who Came In From The Cold
  • [To Don Juan] And all your philosophizing has been nothing but a mask for proselytizing!
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Man And Superman
  • In Pakistan, and other impoverished countries most affected by Wahhabi proselytizing, though, the name has stuck.
    Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin  --  Three Cups of Tea
  • Well, yes—proselytizer, fisher of souls.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • For Perrault had come to preach and proselytize, whereas Henschell took a more immediate interest in the gold deposits.
    James Hilton  --  Lost Horizon
  • The sisters were open, low-key, never proselytizing.
    Dave Eggers  --  Zeitoun
  • The Ethiopian government had closed down an American mission school in Debre Zeit for proselytizing.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • She did not try to proselytize, only intimating to Sophie that for the suffering of her own imprisonment she would find ample reward in Jehovah's Kingdom.
    William Styron  --  Sophie's Choice
  • The good people of Hyperion have done nothing to foist their religious opinions on me, so I see no reason to offend them with my proselytizing.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • Perhaps the answer is that we have entrusted our city to a group of proselytizing tyrants who do not know how to lead us out of poverty and into prosperity.
    Veronica Roth  --  Divergent
  • He was capable of maintaining companionable silences, indeed, often seemed to prefer them to talk, and he made light conversation at least as often as he proselytized.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains
  • A frail young man in a drip-dry suit slid into the seat across from them, introduced himself as Mike Fallopian, and began proselytizing for an organization known as the Peter Pinguid Society.
    Thomas Pynchon  --  The Crying of Lot 49
  • Nobody knows what Soviet Russia and its Communist international organization intends to do in the immediate future, or what are the limits, if any, to their expansive and proselytizing tendencies.
    Winston Churchill  --  Churchill's Iron Curtain Speech
  • Nobody knows what Soviet Russia and its Communist international organization intends to do in the immediate future, or what are the limits, if any, to their expansive and proselytizing tendencies.
    Winston Churchill  --  Churchill's Sinews of Peace Speech
  • Despite the proselytizing of the Mbekela brothers, my father remained aloof from Christianity and instead reserved his own faith for the great spirit of the Xhosas, Qamata, the God of his fathers.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • There is no help for it; the faithful proselytizer, if she cannot convince by argument, bursts into tears, and the refusant finds himself, at the end of the contest, taking down the bolus, and saying, "Well, well, Rodgers' be it."
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair

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